Gmail Goes Down Briefly And Everybody Flips Out
Google services experienced a global outage for about an hour, sparking a mass Twitter panic and an embarrassing misstep from rival Yahoo!By Matt Picht | January 24, 2014
If you're watching this, congratulations! You've survived the Great Google Outage of Jan. 24, 2014.
At about 2:15 p.m. eastern time Friday, Gmail users across the world began seeing this Temporary Error (500) error message while trying to access their email accounts. PCWorld notes the problems lasted for just over an hour.
Google staff redirected frantic users to the companies App Status page, where it became clear Gmail wasn't the only casualty of the service disruption. Google Drive, Google Sites, Google+ Hangouts, Google Voice — they all got hit.